The Edmond Sun

September 30, 2013

AARP partners with Goodwill to help low-income seniors


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (GICO) is working with AARP to help put low-income seniors back to work. To date, AARP participants have performed more than 2,000 hours of service at GICO, a calculated value of approximately $17,000.

AARP participants currently working at GICO locations are part of an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor called the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Participants are paid $7.25 for 18 hours per week per hour during their assignment at a non-profit host agency.

For Goodwill, providing job training is part of its ongoing mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through the power of work; however, volunteers and AARP participants regularly bring more to the table then just their services - they enhance the work environment as well.

To find out more about the AARP SCSEP Training, call 879-3899 in Oklahoma City; 918-621-4480 in Tulsa. To learn about Goodwill’s other programs, call 236-4451 or visit okgoodwill.org.